Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer and mom of two little ones. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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Silk party dress

Today I finished a fun changeable silk dupioni strapless dress, with a weird and modern elastic waistband.  It is hard to find good strapless dress patterns (can't really replicate JCrew's fab designs), but this one was okay for the empire waist style:
The fabric was a scrap from my mom's collection, and I only had a yard or so.  I made a variation on the paler pink dress on the pattern picture, and added the black elastic waistband.  You see so much elastic on dresses these days; often the wifebeater tank and floral woven skirt, which I can't really see myself pulling off.  But I thought it would be fun and give the dress a little more length in the bodice:

The skirt is gathered, and I added some black lace at the hem to tie in the black waistband.  I know black doesn't technically go with the purple/orange changeable, but I imagined wearing black accessories with the dress so I think it works.  It feels sort of like a take on a 1950's poufy party dress!

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